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Travel 101: 10 Tips For Not Getting Sick While Traveling

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By: Lauren Durden

Traveling often involves long flights, public transportation and crowded events which can lead to elevated exposure to germs. As cold and flu season creeps into the United States, and the weather starts to cool, travelers’ immune systems are especially vulnerable. If you are planning holiday travel in the coming months or want to ensure you stay healthy throughout your next vacation, here are tips to stay well on your next trip.

Before you embark on your getaway, here are a few tips you should follow to boost your immunity to travel germs.

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Get Vaccinated Before You Go

Whenever traveling to foreign destinations, always check the CDC or State Department’s information on recommended vaccinations. Schedule an appointment with your health professional to ensure that you are fully vaccinated well ahead of your travel, so all vaccines are administered in time to take effect.

Take a Vitamin C Booster Before You Travel

Taking vitamin C booster tablets have been shown to aid the body in its ability to fight off airborne illnesses. Passengers confined to small, dry areas on trains, buses or planes can easily boost their immune systems by taking a few tablets before and during their travel.

While traveling, especially on long flights, travelers can employ these tips to keep the germs at bay.

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Stay Hydrated When Flying

One of the most important ways to stave off illness is to keep your body hydrated, especially during long flights which can be particularly dehydrating to the body. Staying hydrated will not only help minimize the chance of headache and fatigue, but will also help strengthen your immune system. Avoid drinking sweet, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages throughout your flight to ensure your body achieves maximum hydration.

Bring a Nasal Mist & Sanitizing Wipes On Board

Airplanes are notorious for the amount of microorganisms covering the tray tables, arm rests, seats and entertainment screens. Bringing antibacterial wipes on board and wiping down  your space before settling in, will ensure fewer germs in your area.

Your nose and throat are the first in line to be bombarded with germs when traveling – especially while in flight. Recycled airplane air can dry out the nasal passages, which are essential in aiding the body in flushing out germs. Keeping a small spray bottle of nasal mist in your carry on will help keep your nasal passages moist and ready to flush out any airborne germs so they don’t  make their way into your system.

Once you have arrived at your destination, there are a few more habits  to help you stay healthy.

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Drinking Filtered Water

When travelers fall ill due to drinking water overseas it’s not because of contaminants within the water. Rather, the upset stomachs are usually due to local bacteria present in the water travelers are drinking. Even if you are traveling to a developed destination with seemingly updated water facilities, it’s still best to only drink filtered, bottled water. This goes for brushing your teeth as well. Keep a few bottles by the bathroom sink for easier access.

If you don’t want to spend money by constantly purchasing bottled water throughout your trip, consider purchasing a water bottle with a built-in filter feature. This way, you can ensure for yourself that all water going into your body has been properly filtered for all bacteria before imbibing.

Carry Hand Sanitizer

Many times when traveling it’s  difficult or impossible to wash your hands as often as needed to keep away illness-inducing germs – particularly when traveling to remote locale. Carrying an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the next best thing when you aren’t able to find a proper sink.

Lastly, keeping your regular, everyday habits while on the road will help to keep your body in balance.

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Get Enough Sleep

Late nights exploring the bars, nightclubs and neighborhoods of your destination might be a fun part of your vacation, but making certain that your body is well rested and ready for the days of travel ahead will also ensure that your body has time to repair itself each night – and keep your immune system in tip top shape. A few late nights here and there won’t hurt, but don’t make a habit of staying out until the wee hours of the morning for your entire trip.

Forget Your Medications or Vitamins

If you regularly take medications or vitamins,  it’s obvious that your body still needs these aids while on vacation. Portion out the needed amount of medication or vitamins, and divide into pill boxes or plastic bags so you don’t have to carry the entire quantity with you during your travel.

Eat Properly

Changing your diet too drastically while traveling can lead to an upset stomach and possible illness. While partaking in the local food flavors is an essential aspect of any trip for many travelers, ensuring that you are getting the needed amount of vitamins and minerals from your daily intake of food will help keep your body fueled and ready to take on the next leg of your trip. Enjoy that churro and chocolate, but don’t forget to bolster your dinner with a few extra greens to make up for the indulgence.

Travel 101: How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

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By: Lauren Durden

Tips to help you make it through those extra long flights.

At a recent TWIP event, the focus of the conversation turned to long haul flights. Our Twippers agreed that even though they loved traveling, many dreaded the long international and cross country flights they took to reach their destinations. In last week’s column, we profiled some of the best airports for long layovers when traveling the globe, but what if you don’t have a layover? What if you have to stick it out on a 15 hour flight to Hong Kong? These tips will help you get through the flight without dying of boredom or feeling too uncomfortable.

Upgrade Your Seat

If there is a time to use those extra air miles or spring for a better seat, it’s when you’re going to be seated next to hundreds of other strangers, for hours at a time in a small area. An upgrade will give you more legroom, better meals, and in most cases, fully reclining chairs that come in handy when trying to catch some shut eye on board.

Check in with your airline or travel agent to see what you can do with the air miles you’ve accumulated. You may have to be a bit flexible with your travel plans, but your body will thank you when you’re in hour seven of your 16 hour flight.

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Bring Entertainment with You

If chances are unlikely that you will be getting any sleep during the flight, your best weapon to fight boredom is entertainment that you know you will like. Finally finish that novel you started a year ago, bring your own earphones, and tablet or laptop, fully charged and pre-loaded with TV shows and movies that you’re itching to watch to prevent being at the mercy of cheap airline headphones, reruns of The Hunger Games on small in-flight screens, or outdated SkyMall magazines.

Pack with a Purpose

Think about what you’ll really need on a longer flight, and bring the bare minimum on board. Make sure everything you bring on board can fit into a small bag or piece of luggage to be stored in overhead bins. You won’t want anything taking up precious leg room under the seat in front of you during a long flight, especially if you aren’t able to upgrade.

Get Up!

Think about the last time you sat stationary, with little room to stretch, for more than 10 hours. For most of us, our bodies aren’t accustomed to being in tight quarters for extended periods of time. Sitting for long periods of time on long distance flights also increases the chances of deep vein thrombosis, also called blood clots, for travelers who are at risk. Fight aches and pains from sitting by routinely getting up and walking the length of the plane and stretching. While you can’t do a full yoga flow on board, you can stretch in your seat by rotating your hands and feet, stretching your arms overhead or behind your back and doing a few neck rolls every few hours.

Hydrate

One of the most important things to do on a long flight is to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of an electrolyte packed drink with you, ask for cups of water throughout the flight and keep your alcohol intake to a minimum. The recycled airplane air is dehydrating and can lead to a higher risk of blood clots, dry skin and headaches.

To keep your skin well hydrated and looking well rested, remove all makeup once you board your flight. Then, use an viscous serum or portable sheet mask to add extra hydration throughout the flight. Once you’re back on the ground you can re-apply your normal beauty routine.

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Choose Your Seats Wisely

Do you have a go-to seat choice when getting on flights? You may want to rethink it. If you normally book an aisle seat, but are looking to sleep on a long haul flight, you may be disrupted throughout the flight by your seat mate looking to stretch their legs. If you love the extra row for its additional leg room, you may find yourself without a reclining seat for hours on end. Use an app or website like SeatGuru to help you find the best seats on the flight, and avoid any mishaps.

Dress For Success

Chances are, you won’t have the paparazzi awaiting your arrival in Bali. That means, comfort comes first when choosing your travel outfits. Loose, comfortable layers and a good pair of socks ensure that you can bundle up or take off a few layers if you get warm, while keeping you comfortable. A nice, loose t-shirt with a soft sweater and pants with a little stretch work well. If you’re meeting someone right off the plane, pack a nicer pair of jeans to change into once you reach the next airport, to pull your outfit together.

While the long hours of an international or cross-country flight may seem unbearable, these tips will help you stay a little more sane while in-flight. If there’s any time to cater to yourself, it’s during a long haul flight. Make sure you’re comfortable and prepared for the travel before you board, and you’ll be in a much better place after you step off the plane.

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Lauren from Lauren on Location.

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Current city: Madrid, Spain

Age: 22

What makes you interesting: Well, this is a pretty subjective question! I guess just like any other Twipper, seeing the world is my great passion in life! It’s become such a part of me, and I don’t know if I’ll ever truly be happy without travel. I’m a new blogger, just starting out, and I’m not sure where it will take me, but for now I’m enjoying the ride!

Total countries visited: 21 and counting.

Most magical place on Earth: Oy, do I have to pick one?! How about 3 ?! Positano Italy, Sintra Portugal and my own backyard on Long Island, NY!

What does “travel” mean to you: For me travel is SO much! Travel allows me to open my eyes to diverse parts of the world and explore different places, cultures, peoples, foods, etc. I’ve learned to accept and understand parts of other cultures, as well as question parts of my own! Without a doubt, my travels have shaped me into who I am today!

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Airplanes!! There is just something about looking down on our world from above that gives me an incredible high!

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: San Sebastian, Spain! It’s the perfect combination of everything I love: beautiful beach, incredible shopping, plenty of parks, friendly people and of course AMAZING FOOD!

What is your most favorite travel memory: Hmmm, it’s hard to pick just one! When I was younger I used to love to travel, especially by plane. I can still remember the feeling I used to get when I would throw together my tiny backpack before a trip. I would fill it with all kinds of activities (picture books, coloring books, journals) and of course snacks to keep myself busy while traveling! There was nothing like it.

Next travel destination: Galway, Ireland for my birthday! Than heading to the US for the holidays. After that Munich and Salzburg in January!

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